Thursday, April 26, 2012

Parenting & Prayers

No one tells you how hard parenting can be... your own parents, your best friends, all the books you can read... Monday night was one of those nights for us.  Peyton is an energetic, fun-loving, active, all-BOY toddler.   When he has something on his mind, he doesn't forget it.  Jonathan & I didn't give in, so we saw many tears & angry yelling from our little boy.  I went to bed crying, wondering how parents survive.  It must be the power of prayer - prayers for wisdom, clarity, the presence of the Holy Spirit, a love for Jesus in our little boys' heart, etc.  For new parents, old parents, & in-between - how have you done it? What gets you through those tough days?
My little boy -
Playing with Jonathan's shoes & hats - his favorite toys! 
Moving onto my shoes...
Our wild man playing at Noah's birthday party 
Secondly, we learned on Tuesday that I might not have a job for the 2012-2013 school year.  There are major budget cuts for Franklin County School System & a possibility of my school closing down.  This brings heartache to our school - for those of us who might lose jobs, for those who have taught for years at Carnesville Elementary, & for the friendships formed.  Many tears have been shed this week in the Barlow home - tears with parenting. tears with the unknown, tears for more change before Nolan arrives.  This is life, isn't it?


  1. I'm so sorry things are hard right now! I DREAD the days of tantrums and discipining! :(

  2. You get through it all one day at a time! Trails build character. :)(It's hard, though!) God is faithful to always be with us. He honors the prayer for wisdom - His wisdom! You and Jonathan are doing a GREAT job parenting Peyton!
    I love you all!